For as long as I can remember, I have had a morning ritual. Its the way I step into the sacred day before me, setting an intention for what the rest of the day will (hopefully) look like.
I do the same 5 things each morning for the same reasons I spend time planning/cooking healthy meals and exercising my body. My morning routine is another way to love myself and focus on what matters most.
So here are the 5 things I do ALMOST every morning!
First – Good morning kiss
I get up around 5am, kiss my sweetie on the forehead (usually more than one kiss because I simply love the smell and essence of him), and head downstairs to the kitchen.
Second – Green drink
I make myself a green drink using a scoop of Dr. Axe’s healthy powder, the juice of one lemon, a teaspoon of good quality honey, and 12 ounces of filtered water. Then I head upstairs to my art studio with my green drink in hand.
Third – Meditation, envisioning and gratitude
I position myself on my meditation pillow (located in my art studio), take a few deep breaths to quiet my chattering mind, and say out loud what I most want to manifest in my life as if its already here.
For the past 6 months, I’ve been envisioning the following….
I am in a creative, connected, inspiring, abundant livelihood that gives me tons of free time.
Then I spend about 5 minutes imagining the details of what this life could look like, without attaching to any of the details. This manifestation technique is a blog post all by itself, so stay tuned!
The last part of my meditation consists of me giving thanks for every part of my life, starting with my sweet husband, my family (I imagine each of them in my mind), my home, community and friends (imagining their faces), my amazing day gig and the abundance it provides, my calling with art, my radiant health (I see my body filled with sparkling white energy), and finally and most importantly, I give thanks for this life called Catherine Rains.
The third step takes only 15 minutes!
Fourth – 5 year journal
I sit down at my art table, drink my yummy green lemon drink, while writing in my 5-year journal (pictured here!).
Even if you have never written in a journal, or think it’s too time consuming or hard to write every day, the ease and fun of keeping a 5-year journal might surprise you. In just 6 short lines, I describe the highlights of what happened the day before, any significant “ah-has”, and what I might want to remember a year from now. This takes a whopping 3 minutes. Sometimes, I’ll take a minute to read what I was doing on this day a year or two ago, and ponder how far my life has come since then. Now in my third year of doing this, it has become my favorite way to track my growth and life journey.
Fifth – Art review
I review the 4-5 unfinished collages that are sitting at various places around my studio, and look for the one that that seems to be telling me to spend time with it today! I also do this while traveling for my day gig (my art and supplies are packed in my suitcase!), although this step usually happens after work on those days.
Honest truth – I don’t always do all 5
Doing these 5 steps takes about 30 minutes, and I often do them just as written above. And sometimes I don’t, especially when traveling for my day gig, or when my to-do list runneth over! Then I’m satisfied with just 2 or 3 of them. Not expecting perfection with my morning routine is also part of the ritual. It’s about being kind to myself, and choosing what fills my heart with joy and peace each morning. It’s not about pushing through another list of “shoulds” or to-do’s just because I made a commitment to a routine, or have a habit of doing things a certain way.
Listening to what my heart needs each morning is the most important part of my morning ritual, which on some days means ditching the standard ritual for a blissful nature walk or a connected conversation with my husband. The only morning routine requirement is that I connect with the deepest part of my self before I start the busyness of my day.
So what is YOUR morning ritual?
I would love to hear how you set your self up for good day. Or what you would love to add to your morning routine? Or anything in between! Please, inspire us all to connect even deeper to our hearts each morning!
In gratitude for leaving a comment below, and being part of my newsletter community, you will be entered into a raffle for a journal with a piece of my all time favorite collages on the cover. A simple hello will make you eligible! Drawing will be on Saturday April 23.